Hiisi wrote: > Dear List! > Recently I've found a nice old computer. It's called Convergent > Technology. Some 80's machine without any decoration signs. The problem > is I have only box with motherboard and processor and a keyboard - no > display. The display was main link between keyboard and box. So, I can't > run it. What I actually want to do, is to use its keyboard on my modern > computer (Celeron 510 MHz with 256 MB memory running FC 7). The > keyboard has some strange plug. It looks like network (LAN) plug, but > board. Pictures of the keyboard and plug can be found at the address: > http://kampela.ru/kuvat/index.php?offset=1 > If I'll solder a PS or PS/2 plug to it is it possible to run this old > beauty? I vainly googled for the information about old keyboards. And > found only stuff of how to make a valet from it. > Thanks for attention, > Hiisi > I do not think it will work just by changing plugs. It is not going to have the correct scan codes. If it is what I think it is, the "monitor" was actually a terminal. The machine you have probably used a serial connection to the terminal, and the terminal send ASCII code to the computer. If you had the "CRT" part, you could probably hook it to a serial port and use it under Linux. (I have done that with a few "smart" terminals...) The keyboard may generate modified ASCII code, or its own codes that the firmware in the terminal translated. A common method was serial communication with 7 bit ASCII code, and special functions if the 8th bit was set. What you MAY be able to do is convert the keyboard so it will connect to a serial port. But it is probably going to be more trouble then it is worth. Mikkel -- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for thou art crunchy and taste good with Ketchup!
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